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When comic artists work in the movie industry, we see little of what they produce due to Hollywood’s love of the the non-disclosure agreement. It’s understandable: Even if a movie is stuck in development hell, that doesn’t mean the project won’t eventually begin production (Brendan McCarthy originally worked on Mad Max: Fury Road from 1998 to 2003, and that movie is only now filming). It speaks volumes of the relationship between Chris Weston and director Albert Hughes that so much of Weston’s development art is allowed out into the wild — remember his storyboards for Akira?
A little background: I spent six weeks in Atlanta, Georgia producing art for Motor City, a Silver Pictures production which was to star Gerard Butler. Based on a script by Chad St. John, Motor City was to be a high-octane 70s style revenge thriller with the added twist of HAVING NO DIALOGUE! Despite the script predating the release of The Artist, that film beat us to the punch … but at least it proved that modern audiences aren’t put off by by the idea of silent movies.
I had great fun working on this one. I have no idea what the current status of the film is, but hopefully the insane action sequences that Albert cooked up for it will eventually be seen on the big screen.
A quick check on the movie’s IMDb page shows Adrien Brody and Mickey Rourke attached to the Motor City, with no mention any longer of Gerard Butler; however, IMDb is hardly definitive in such circumstances. Weston certainly draws a great likeness of Butler, making him look at least as iconic here as in his career-making turn as 300‘s King Leonidas.